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Have your say on equality and diversity plans

23 February 2010

Consultation begins on Single Equality Scheme

People with an interest in equality and diversity issues are being encouraged to have their say on the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) new Single Equality Scheme.

From now until 13th May, the scheme is under public consultation and Stephen Daniel, chair of the HPA's Equality and Diversity Group, wants people to get involved: 

"We are committed to providing a health protection service that recognises, respects and responds to the diversity of the communities we serve.  In order for us to do that effectively, it's vital for us to listen to what people think about our plans.

"The Single Equality Scheme sets out what we have done and, more importantly, what we plan to do over the next three years in terms of equality and diversity.  We are now keen to hear what people think about the priorities we have set and how we propose to meet those challenges."

The Single Equality Scheme brings together all the agency's existing policies on race, gender and disability.  Taking its commitment further, the scheme also recognises the agency's responsibilities in relation to sexual orientation, age and religion or belief.

Anyone wishing to review the scheme and to comment on it can do so by visiting the HPA website - www.hpa.org.uk - and following the links from the 'Consultations' pages at the bottom of the home page.  Large-print versions and translations of the document are available on request. 

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Notes to editors
The Health Protection Agency is an independent UK organisation that was set up by the government in 2003 to protect the public from threats to their health from infectious diseases and environmental hazards.  It does this by providing advice and information to the general public, to health professionals such as doctors and nurses, and to national and local government.
For further information, visit http://www.hpa.org.uk

Last reviewed: 23 February 2010